What would be better

Discussion in 'Mac Basics and Help' started by Theclamshell, Sep 26, 2009.

  1. Theclamshell macrumors 68030

    Mar 2, 2009
    I am going to be making a documentary and i need a good machine to import hdv, would final cut express work fine for editing that type of footage or would final cut pro be needed

    also, would be buying a mac pro best for this or would an imac be sufficent and if so, which model of imac

    i would probably buy one in about 2-7 months
  2. John Doe 57 macrumors 65816

    John Doe 57

    Jan 26, 2008
    Los Angeles, CA
    Final Cut Express will get the job done very well. You would save a lot of money in buying it.

    A Mac Pro would be the best computer for the job. But an iMac with a 3.06GHz processor would be very good as well. I use a MacBook Pro with a 2.66GHz processor and I get great results. I wish I could buy an iMac like that or even a Mac Pro. Get 4GB or RAM or more. RAM is very necessary in the editing of film.
  3. Theclamshell thread starter macrumors 68030

    Mar 2, 2009
    Thanks alot, see the thing is to get the imac to a good point would be only a couple hundred less than the mac pro
  4. Theclamshell thread starter macrumors 68030

    Mar 2, 2009
  5. BlueRevolution macrumors 603


    Jul 26, 2004
    Montreal, QC
    It should be fine if you don't mind using an older version of Final Cut. People have been working with HDV for a lot longer than Macs Pro have been around. Of course, since you'd be buying a used copy, it would be cheaper too.
  6. Theclamshell thread starter macrumors 68030

    Mar 2, 2009
    what model g5 and what video card would be best, id rather buy a g5 and a nice camera for the same price as a mac pro if i could if i did this i would just get final cut express and put it on

    this seems like the more appealing option

    what about an imac refurb with 8800gs also

    (sorry i just wanna know my options lol)

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